A Special Donation

A Special Donation

In every corner of the world, Special Olympics is changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. On the Isle of Man, Rotarians have seen the benefit the organisation is playing towards its community.

Special Olympics Isle of Man provides year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with an intellectual disability.

Through sport, they give athletes the opportunity to get fit, develop skills, make friends and be part of the community

Following a recent talk and awareness-raising session by Special Olympics members at a meeting of Rotary Rushen & Western Mann, the club donated ÂŁ1,000 to support the organisation.

The Special Olympics squad, their family and friends are great international ambassadors for the island.”

The Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organisation for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, providing year-round training and competitions to five million athletes from 172 countries.

Across, England, Scotland and Wales, approximately 27,000 regular sports coaching sessions of at least one hour each, are delivered locally each year by 140 accredited programmes across 28 different sports.

Club President, Paul Winnell, presented a cheque to Adrian Mooney, cycling coach for Special Olympics, who said the club was keen to hear how the team fared when they returned from an international competition in Abu Dhabi next March.

He said: “The Special Olympics squad, their family and friends are great international ambassadors for the island.

“They also demonstrate the many benefits of sport within the community and that where there is a will to participate there will be a way.

“Special Olympics is a local organisation worthy of every Manx resident’s support.”

Find out more about the work of Special Olympics Great Britain by visiting their website.

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